U.S. EPA and State of Florida Approve Second Pilot Project with Oxitec Friendly™ Mosquitoes in the Florida Keys
- Following federal approval in March 2022 by the US EPA, Oxitec has received approval from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, including reviews from the Florida Department of Health, Fish Conservation Commission and the Florida Wildlife and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to continue piloting its mosquito technology in the Florida Keys.
- This project will continue Oxitec’s partnership with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District following a successful pilot project in 2021.
- Federal and state regulators have concluded that Friendly™ Mosquito Projects pose no risk to human health or the environment.
OXFORD, England, May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Oxitec, the leading developer of biological pest control solutions, is proud to announce Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) approval, including notices from seven state of florida organizations to continue the pilot project for its safety Aedes aegypti water-based mosquito control technology added in the Florida Keys. The work will be done in partnership with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD).
In March of this year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved plans to continue the pilot project as an extension of the Experimental Use Permit (EUP) granted in 2020. Following the Federal EPA approval, Oxitec has submitted a license application to FDACS for state review, which has now been approved. The 2022 project should be launched the week of May 9.
In Florida, Oxitec works closely with its government partners, local residents and a wide range of stakeholders, all of whom help guide, shape and contribute to the projects. Data from this additional pilot project will contribute to Oxitec’s application to the EPA for commercial approval of this technology.
Oxitec’s safe, sustainable and targeted biological pest control technology does not harm beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, and is proven to control invasive and disease-transmitting insects. Aedes aegypti mosquito. the Aedes aegypti the mosquito has invaded the communities of Florida and other US states, increasing the risk of transmission of dengue, chikungunya, Zika, yellow fever and other diseases.
Gray Frandsen, CEO of Oxitec, said: “We are extremely grateful to work with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and the communities that have welcomed us to the Keys. We look forward to continuing our work with our world-class partners in Florida to provide accessible, effective and environmentally friendly solutions to control the growing threat of invasive disease-carrying mosquitoes.”
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